It requires complete devotion from body, mind, and spirit as well as a whole lot of time to get things right. During recording, blood, sweat, and tears become committed to tape in preparation to go out and play. Every inch of passion that can be mustered in the studio is codified for listeners to relive—whether it’s via their headphones or in a packed arena. So, above all, the music has to be real. Grammy Award-winning multiplatinum superstar Kelly Rowland is at her most revealing on her fourth full-length solo album, Talk A Good Game [Republic Records]. She’s also undoubtedly playing to win.
Once again, Rowland raises the bar this time around. The record straddles the line between raw R&B and seductive pop with a healthy dose of swaggering hip-hop thrown in for good measure. Always one to challenge the status quo, the diva opened up the floodgates with the offering’s first single “Kisses Down Low”. The smooth, sweaty, and sexed-up anthem proved to be a hit at radio and online. Shortly after its premiere, the music video racked up over 9.9 million YouTube/VEVO views and remains the bedroom jam for 2013.
Rowland earned the title of “legend” too. She elevated pop R&B to stratospheric heights as a member of Destiny’s Child, one of the best-selling groups of all time. She’s been honored with five Grammy Awards, 16 Billboard Music Awards, 15 Soul Train Awards, 4 American Music Awards, 2 MTV Video Music Awards, 1 BRIT Award, 1 BET Award, 1 NAACP Image Award, a Star on the “Hollywood Walk of Fame”, and more. Moving over 20 million albums worldwide, she reached multi-platinum superstar status in less than a decade. She’s starred in numerous televisions shows and feature films including American Dreams, Freddy Vs. Jason, The Seat Filler, The Fashion Show alongside style icon Isaac Mizrahi, and as a judge on The X Factor UK.
Throughout her solo career, Rowland hasn’t stopped churning out hits either. Her powerhouse vocals reverberated potently through Simply Deep and Ms. Kelly. She’s also accrued a timeless catalog of her own songs including the Grammy Award-winning “Dilemma” featuring Nelly, “Like This” featuring Eve, “Stole”, “Breathe Gentle” featuring Tiziana Ferro, “When Love Takes Over” featuring David Guetta, and more worldwide chart-dominating successes.
Although Kelly Rowland has a long list of accomplishments and accolades under her belt, she shows no signs of slowing down. She’s not only going to continue playing the game but winning.
“I’m very confident in everything that’s going on around me now,” she says. “I’ve been in this business long enough to have a track record that says I have something to contribute, but the key difference now is that I feel more in control. It’s a great feeling.”